SarahC wrote:Shiratake noodles are on my shopping list!!! I just now have to find somewhere around here that sells them! Do they taste alright?
They taste fine! Just make sure you boil and drain them before eating because the liquid they're packed in smells bloody awful. They have no real taste, but they have a chewy kind of texture a bit like bean thread noodles crossed with udon noodles. I really like them. The best thing about them is that just like bean thread noodles you can't overcook them. They don't break apart if you boil them for too long or leave them sitting in water.
Apparently there's a tofu shirataki noodle available too but some brands aren't vegetarian safe (the calcium hydroxide in them comes from shellfish). As far as I know ordinary shirataki noodles are fine for vegetarians. They were all that I found as the Japanese supermarket, anyway.
I got them at the Japanese supermarket in South Yarra. If you have a Japanese store near you they should stock them. Other Asian specialty grocers might have them too.
This is what they look like. You'll find them in the refrigerator section.